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Gilding

Gilding
Gilding is a decorative technique for applying a very thin coating of gold to solid surfaces such as metal (most common), wood, porcelain, or stone. A gilded object is also described as "gilt". Methods of gilding include hand application and gluing, typically of gold leaf, chemical gilding, and electroplating, the las also called gold plating.

Gilding gives an object a gold appearance at a fraction of the cost of creating a solid gold object. In addition, a solid gold piece would often be too soft or too heavy for practical use. A gilt surface also does not tarnish as silver does.

For thousands of years craftsmen have used the fine art of gilding to create masterpieces. 
We supply gold leaf, silver leaf and a range of other metal leaves in a wide variety of styles, shades, carats and weight.

The gilder takes incredibly thin leaves of precious metal and adorns a surface with them. In antiquity these leaves were made by a gold beater hammering sheets of metal, sucha as gold and silver, into extremely thin leaves.

Variegated leaf is a metal leaf that has been specially treated in order to develop all-new colouration not present in the original metal. It comes in a wide variety of shades and patterns and can be used in most projects where you would use other metal leaves.

For gilding with real leaf gold, the agate tip burnisher is the perfect tool. To obtain a desired golden shine, it is essential to polish the golden surface with an agate burnisher, this also guarantees the good adhesion of the gold leaf on your surface.

Gilder´s clay base is a preparation, generally colored, applied in a uniform layer and thin enough as the underside to receive gold or other sheet metals in the process of gilding in water, on wood or in illumination.

Available in yellow, red or black.

Gesso type Bologna (matte plaster of gilding), for preparation of gilding, canvases, stuccoes and gessos. 1Kg container.

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